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5 year-old albino girl killed and dismembered in Burundi

Gunmen in Burundi attacked a family and snatched their 5 year-old albino girl in a case linked to witchcraft. The gunmen killed and dismembered the little girl’s body, which was discovered by neighbours who tried to chase after the killers.

Albinos are violently attacked in parts of East Africa for their body parts used in rituals to bring power and good luck  Photo: AFP

Albinos are violently attacked in parts of East Africa for their body parts used in rituals to bring power and good luck Photo: AFP

A five-year-old albino girl has been killed and dismembered in Burundi.

According to local officials, the killing is the first reported murder of a person with albinism in Burundi in four years, and it has been linked to regional witchcraft, the Independent reported.

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Gunmen reportedly attacked the girl’s parents before abducting her and her dismembered body was found by neighbours who tried to pursue the killers.

The lives of people living with albinism continues to be threatened. The prevailing attitudes in parts of Africa, particularly the East African region, which are perpetuated by some witchdoctors that albino body parts bring power and good luck have been blamed for the ritualistic attacks and killings of people with albinism.

Reports say more than 20 albino people have been killed in Burundi since 2008.

People with albinism face deeply entrenched prejudices and discrimination and their lives are often at risk owing to the deep-seated misconceptions.

Reports say witchdoctors are prepared to pay $75,000 for a complete set of albino body parts.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) has published a report on the discrimination and murder of people with albinism. UNCHR officials have been calling for greater protection for these people who are vulnerable and face this form of discrimination.

Source: the Independent

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